I’m a 19-year-old student from rural Devon. I currently study history and politics at the University of Warwick.
I’m a keen shooter and conservationist who cares deeply about the countryside. I spent most of my childhood outside with friends, building dens, climbing trees and exploring the countryside which felt like an uncharted wilderness.
A fundamental part of my growing up was learning how to use guns and knives responsibly; I now respect them as essential tools. I didn’t learn hunting as a cruel, outdated endeavour; I find it is a way to maintain the bond between countryman and countryside. However, this way of life is threatened by increasingly intolerant views based on simple misunderstanding.
For many the countryside is redundant, hunting is cruel and the people who live there nothing more than tourist attractions. I would like to change this view.
BASC Young Shots Journalist Euan Trower talks with Stephanie Berkeley from the Farm Safety Foundation about the extremely important, and often overlooked, issue of mental health of lone workers, such as gamekeepers and farmers.
Young Shots Journalist Euan Trower writes about how society started to appreciate local nature far more during the Covid-19 lockdown. Easily accessible nature spots are now busier than ever. But is it really a good thing?
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